On April 4th, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report, and the message was clear: If governments and industry act now-right now!-mitigating some of the effects from global warming is still possible. But we are drawing ever nearer to the point when even that won’t be possible, and humanity will be set on a chaotic and dangerous course.
“We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make now can secure a livable future. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming,” said IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee. “I am encouraged by climate action being taken in many countries. There are policies, regulations and market instruments that are proving effective. If these are scaled up and applied more widely and equitably, they can support deep emissions reductions and stimulate innovation.”
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The 26th annual United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, commonly known as COP26, is coming to a close. According to the latest analysis by Climate Action Tracker, new pledges announced on methane, coal, transportation and deforestation could bring the world 9% closer to meeting the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. That’s not enough to prevent a climate catastrophe, but at least we would be heading in the right direction.
The world’s most respected climate analysis coalition says the sectoral commitments announced in Glasgow represent potential cuts of 2.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the emissions of Germany, Japan and the UK combined, or 20,000 fully loaded aircraft carriers. This is in addition to measures previously outlined in national climate plans.
However, this is dependent on governments keeping their climate promises, which almost none have done until now, and it still leaves the world heading towards ever more dangerous levels of heating.
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Across the country and across the globe, the effects human industrial development has had on our planet have become impossible to ignore. Record-breaking heat waves, wildfires and floods have been wreaking havoc with a humanity that is still grappling with a global viral pandemic. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes clear: We’re running out of time to forestall not all but possibly the worst projected climate outcomes.
It’s difficult to impossible not to feel a sense of frustration, when considering that the IPCC has been trying to prod global action to protect the environment from the most dire effects of man-made climate change since 1988. That’s 33 years of “C’mon, people! Don’t you think we ought to consider, you know, doing something to address this?” directly to global leaders. And yet greenhouse gas emissions are still increasing, with China and the U.S. as the biggest offenders.
This way, for certain, lies madness. And now more than ever, Solar One is committed to strengthening our programming and carrying out our mission, as an integral part of the community that has been working for decades to address the climate catastrophe.
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Scientists on Wednesday reported another reason the world should sharply rein in global warming: doing so would likely cut in half the current projected amount of sea level rise from the melting of ice this century.
In a study that averaged results of hundreds of computer simulations from research teams around the world, the scientists said that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce sea level rise from melting glaciers and the vast Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets from about 10 inches to about five by 2100.
That level of warming, equivalent to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, is the stricter of two targets set by the 2015 Paris agreement to combat climate change.
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